An awesome gift box from Ardbeg, featuring a 70cl bottle of their classic 10 year old expression, along with two "shortie" tasting glasses. The gift box itself looks like it's struggling to contain all just a little bit littleof the peaty Ardbeg goodness, or as if it was actually a finely rendered carbonite sculpture.
Nose: A ridge of vanilla leads to mountain of peat capped with citrus fruits and circled by clouds of sea spray.
Palate: Sweet vanilla counterbalanced with lemon and lime followed by that surging Ardbeg smoke that we all know and love.
Finish: Long and glorious; sea salted caramel and beach bonfire smoke.
Overall: Precise balance, big smoke and non-chill filtered. This is why this is such a famous dram.